There is to be a Purple Martin Festival Friday night, July 31st! Tonight!! It will be held at the Bar Association Restaurant in downtown Fort Myers. This is a celebration in honor of the 30,000 plus Purple Martins who are roosting in the four trees along Edison Street near the restaurant. Be sure and pencil it in for a fun time this evening and don’t forget to wear some purple in their honor!
What do you think, are they having fun?
The Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island has started another wonderful program directed towards children, but which will also benefits parents! There was an article about the program published in our local newspaper that quotes Dru Doyle about implementing it at Ocean’s Reach. This program is best described by Diane Orvis Thomas, who is the Public Programs Specialist for the Museum.
In response to an identified need introduced by lodging partners throughout the county, The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum has developed a resort program called, Children PlayÂ . . . Parents May . . .? . . .
Family vacations are great, but did you ever find yourself dreaming of a few hours of adult play time?Â Maybe Mom and Dad have shopping in mind without the stress of assuring fragile gift shop objects remain on the shelves.Â Perhaps your favorite book is calling or you wish you could have a meal accompanied by just grown-up conversations. Do you ever have the vision of walking hand and hand down the beach, but linking with only one set of hands?
If so â this program is for you.Â Drop the children off and enjoy 2 Â˝ hours of guilt-free adult time.Â Your children wonât even know youâre gone because they will be reading about mollusks and their friends, playing educational games, creating shell craft projects, making fact wheels or pop-up books, and doing creative writing.
The program is appropriate for ages 5 through 12. The cost is $15.00 per child.Â Classes will be held at the Museum from 9:00 â 11:30 am on the following Tuesdays and Thursday in July, August and September:
July 28, 30
August 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
September 15, 17, 22, 24
To register call Diane Orvis Thomas, the Museumâs Public Programs Specialist, at 239.395.2233, ext 11 or email her at email@example.comÂ Â Â Register by 3 pm Monday for Tuesday sessions and 3 pm Wednesday for Thursday sessions.
Dr. Sharon Smith, a guest who spends her summer with us is also a school principal. She was gracious enough to write the following article that describes her feelings of a Sanibel vacation while staying at Ocean’s Reach.
âI am so grateful for the peace and the calm of the seashore, where time stands still and unrushedâŚwhere I can see and feel the beauty all around me.â
For the past three summers Dr. Sharon Smith and her husband JP, a retired educator, have come to Oceanâs Reach when Westside High School in Macon, Georgia closes for the regular school year. Sanibel and Oceanâs Reach have become Dr. Smithâs summer sanctuary where she refreshes, renews, and reenergizes her spirit.
For seven luxurious weeks this year she has read, shopped, attended aerobics at the Senior Citizen Center, shopped, taken a cruise to Cabbage Key for that famous âCheeseburger in Paradiseâ made popular by Jimmy Buffet, shopped, attended Sanibel Community Church, shopped, watched many movies, shopped, ate in a dozen different restaurants, shopped, walked seven miles each day, and shopped, shopped, shopped.
Back Home is Westside High School, home of the Seminoles. It is here that Dr. Smith is truly in her niche: HOPEâHelping Other People Excel. She mentors both students and teachers, attends football, basketball, baseball and other athletic events. Westside has an outstanding Fine Arts Department that hosts a plethora of singing, dancing, and dramatic talent as well that she doesnât miss.
It is during these Sanibel summers watching the rolling surf, searching for shells for her Sanibel Christmas tree and being mesmerized by the moon lighting up the serenity of this place that inspiration flows for her personal focus for a new school year. The question this year is: âWhat are the strategies to being super-motivated Seminolesâ. She and her colleagues will brainstorm and develop a plan encompassing five steps she believes that will best seek to help students love learning, excel at Westside and their future careers.: (1) Sharpen School Skills; (2) Teach them to Tune in; (3) Set an A+ example; (4) Unstuff the afterschool schedule; and (5) Praise effort, not intellect.
You book your vacation, the day arrives and you check into a gorgeous condo at Ocean’s Reach on Sanibel Island. The condo is spotless, all appliances and kitchen utensils await your use, the carpets and floors are clean, beautiful and everything is ready for your family. Sometimes all of the work that has to be done so that the wonderful condos are ready and waiting for you upon arrival just doesn’t register. Jim, of DJ Carpet Company, is one of the persons behind the scene playing a very important role in keeping our condominiums in tip top shape for all of our guests and owners.
A big thanks to Jim of DJ Carpets!!!
Relaxing in the Gulf on a perfect summer day at Ocean’s Reach. Wouldn’t you like to be here? Then check out our specials and give us a call. A Sanibel rental at Ocean’s Reach is the perfect place to while away a few lazy days floating in a tube in the glorious Gulf of Mexico waters. We still have many special deals available for the rest of the Summer season and into the Fall.
The Bonifield family from Indianapolis relax in the shade by the pool. The family have been staying at Ocean’s Reach for the last several years, and two years ago held a family reunion here to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Thanks for choosing Ocean’s Reach as your favorite Sanibel rental!
Each summer from mid June through the middle of August 40,000 to 50,000 purple martins from Brazil arrive to spend the summer in the Fort Myers area. Each night they roost in only four trees located on Hendry Street in downtown Fort Myers. They arrive at dusk from foraging during the day. The sky is blackened by the soaring flight of the martins. People gather each night outside the Bar Association Restaurant to watch this magnificent display of nature.
The photo was taken by Ken Rasi, publisher of the Island Sun.